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The New Tri-State Defender selects 2014 Women of Excellence

  • Written by Bernal E Smith II

woe 600The New Tri-State Defender's "Women of Excellence" will be acknowledged and honored by their peers, family, friends and community leaders in a grand Champagne Brunch and Awards Presentation on Saturday, April 26th at 10 a.m. at the Memphis Botanic Gardens, 750 Cherry Rd.

The annual event will celebrate and honor 50 African-American women who motivate and inspire others through their vision and leadership, exceptional achievements, and personal contribution to the community through service.

Over the past seven years, The TSD has honored 300-plus outstanding African American professionals and community leaders.

"We had another phenomenal response from the community this year with over 110 nominations. It is always a challenge narrowing down the selection because each of these women is deserving of the honor. We think we have selected a tremendously impressive group of women of whom we are very proud," said TSD President/Publisher Bernal E. Smith II.

"We again will be incorporating new elements into the 2014 edition of WOE, which should make it our best yet! This spring celebration gives us the chance to say thank you to those who have been consistently committed to the highest principles of servant leadership and positively touching the lives of others."

The strength and commitment those selected demonstrate each day is part of the "unique fabric of talent and character that make Memphis a great city," said Smith. "I am glad that we at The New Tri-State Defender can take the lead in acknowledging their contributions to the growth and betterment of our community."

The 2014 Women of Excellence will be celebrated amidst food, inspiration, fashion and entertainment. The morning will feature performances by musical and spoken word artists, along with other special guest performances and a special guest speaker to be announced next week.

Ticket and table reservations are first come, first serve. The event has had overwhelming attendance in the past and requires immediate arrangements to secure tickets.

Honorees

Takeisha Berry-Brooks, Owner, Natural Hair Consultant | A Natural Affair Beauty Lounge

Joy Bowen, VP: Treasury Management Sales Officer | First Tennessee Bank

Erika Cain, CEO | Erika Cain & Company

Grace Ann Campbell, Properties Coordinator | Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority

Karen Camper, State Representative | Tennessee General Assembly

Lexie Carter, Radio Personality | Music Instructor

Shirley Cobbins, VP External Relations | Universal Commercial Real Estate Co.

Barbara Cooper, State Representative | Tennessee General Assembly

Alice Davis, Assistant Director | Lester Community

Ashley Dean-Parson, Owner | Dean of Fashion

Mary Dortch Smith, Retired Preschool Specialist | Sam's Video Productions

Phyllis M. Fickling, Shelby County Government | Mayor's Office

Mimi Fifer, CEO/Founder | The Mid-Town Divas, Pink Dolls & Dance Mom

Erma Foster, Owner | Erma Foster's Child Care & Tutoring Center

Doretha Franklin, Administrative Laboratory Director | St. Francis Hospital

Janice Fullilove, Councilwoman | Memphis City Council

Briggette Green, President of Business Operations | Top Cat Masonry Contractors, LLC

Audrey Gregory, Chief Operating Officer | St. Francis Hospital

Sheila Guerrero | Multimedia & Journalist

Karen Harrell, VP Early Childhood Services | Porter-Leath

Evelyn Harris, Interim Principal | Houston High School

Mary Hines, PATH Coordinator | Family & Children's Service

Florence Howard, Event Planning, PR, Marketing, Training | SSCOMM, Inc.

Janas Jackson, Diversity & Affinity Groups Advisor | FedEx Express

Bev Johnson, Host | "The Bev Johnson Show" WDIA AM 1070

Vicki Johnson, Executive Director | Pinky Promise International

Nicole Jones, Business Manager | LeBonheur Pediatrics

Audrey P. Jones, Project Manager/Business Systems Analyst | AutoZone Corporation

Sherila Jones-Tuggle, Managing Partner | Jones & Tuggle, PLLC

Yolanda Kight, Owner | Kight Law Firm, PLLC Life Oasis & Counseling Center

Terica Lamb, President & CEO/Community Outreach | Tutal Control Logistic/Shelby Co. Trustee

Carla McAdory, Administrative Assistant | Verizon Wireless

Marlene McGhee, Principal Broker, ABR, GRI | Eagle Lane Realty

Alfunsia Merriwether, Manager, Family & Community Partnerships | Shelby County Headstart

Monice Moore-Hagler, Partner/Attorney | Hagler, Bruce, Turner, PLLC

Raygene Paige |Independent Program Development Professional

Shayna Rattler, CEO Founder | Supplier Diversity Academy

Lea Ester Redmond-Terrell, Community & Legislative Affairs | Shelby County Sheriff Offices

Carolyn Rudley, Director/Teacher | Muhammad University of Islam

Elaine Sanford, Executive Director | HER Faith Ministries | Young Sanford Marketing & Media

Tonja Sessley-Baymon, President & CEO | Memphis Urban League

Regina Smith, Quality Assurance Supervisor | The Coca-Cola Company

Bianca J. Sweeten, MD | Pediatrician | Comprehensive Medical Associates

Debrah Thompson-Reid, CEO/Founder | Sassie Seniors of Memphis

Vequita Todd-Barnes | United Housing, Inc.

Carolyn Wade-Blackett, Judge | Shelby County Criminal Court

Tracee Walls, Education Program Advisor | FedEx

Lucille White, Retired Nurse/Home Maker | Caregiver

Jeani Williams, IBO ACN | Intern Facilitator/UT Knoxville

Velma Williams, RN (Retired) | Veterans Administration Medical Center

(For more information and updates, visit www.tsdmemphis.com.)

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